Ceramics by Gavin Burnett
Gavin Burnett trained at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and left with a BA (Hons) in Applied Arts. Gavin has worked in the ceramic industry and now works as a ceramic specialist in schools and art colleges as well as continuing as a practising artist. We are delighted to be selling a range of his ceramics in the gallery.
Porcelain is a challenging material to work with but its unique qualities as a clay body has driven me to investigate its wide potential through slip casting, hand building and throwing.
Fascinated by process and enhancing a technique, I have explored the traditional glass cutting technique ‘battuto’ to create a highly textured, tactile surface on porcelain forms. This cutting technique allows me to exploit the materials translucent nature seeing the interior colour illuminating the exterior. I work intensively and methodically, absorbing the processes through production. The faceted flowing forms are individually created though an almost intuitive mark making.
The forms I create are another important element of my work. I am naturally drawn to designing objects that have a function. I enjoy the relationship with user and object. Many of the pieces I produce often immerge from abstract details in art, architecture and/or interior design.
More recently, I have been exploring multi-layered slip-casting to create work. I have a new found appreciation for the scientific elements and methods of working with colour. I am starting to blur the boundaries between the usable and the decorative by creating more individual pieces and collections.